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There's No Player That Carries Their Team Like Zaha [OPINION]

There isn't enough gas to reach the table's top. Just enough to return to their driveway without having to use their thumbs. It wasn't beautiful, it wasn't a fifth victory in six, and it didn't propel Brighton into the division's thinnest air, but it wasn't a defeat, thanks to Neal Maupay's latest intervention. They were granted five minutes of stoppage time to turn the game around, and he chased down a ball that Joel Veltman had hoisted over the top after four and a half minutes had passed. What came next was a joy of a lob over Vicente Guaita; what had gone before had given no indication that such effective beauty could be extracted from such a poor effort.

Brighton's Neal Maupay cups his ears to the fans after scoring a 95-minute equaliser at Crystal Palace.

Brighton had created neither good nor reasonable opportunities, instead opting for a cautious chase of Crystal Palace's advantage, which they had maintained since Wilfried Zaha's penalty at the end of the first half. What a finish by Maupay, and what a way to defy the odds. It's fantastic. With the exception of Palace, of course. They deserved their lead, and they deserved to win this game. They produced more and played a finer brand of football. But, much as Graham Potter has gotten his money's worth from every scenario this season, there's a nagging sensation that Patrick Vieira has been sold short.

Leandro Trossard (left) is judged to have fouled Crystal Palace’s Conor Gallagher at the end of the first half.

Palace has performed admirably throughout his tenure, although they have only one win in six games. Those proportions should shift with time, and if Zaha's form continues to improve, there's little question it will. But, for the time being, it will hurt since they were so close, albeit this Brighton side will undoubtedly take some beating. Last season, they went from winning to drawing to losing. This season, they're going in the opposite direction. It's a story of growth, the kind that may leave Tottenham with added regrets following their unsuccessful summer chase of Potter.

Wilfried Zaha dispatched the spot-kick to open the scoring in the Premier League clash

Granted, Brighton's next four matches include Arsenal, Manchester City, and Liverpool, so reality may come as a shock, but if safety was their goal for the season, they appear to be well on their way. What are your thoughts on this matter? Be sure to leave your thoughts in the comments section. Please like, share and help News.info20 reach 4 000 followers. Thank you.

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Brighton Joel Veltman Vicente Guaita Zaha


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